23rd Oct, 2017

'Mini volcanoes' seen for miles in blaze at wood recycling plant

Coventry Editorial 22nd May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A BLAZE has ripped through the heart of a wood recycling plant.

It took hold at A&A Recycling in Meriden at around 9pm on Friday night – and at its peak involved 80 firefighters battling to dampen the flames which ravaging through a 50ft pile of wood chippings estimated to weigh around 6,000 tonnes.

The pockets of flames (pictured) were described by firefighters as mini volcanoes and lit up the night sky for miles – with reports of them being visible from the A45, M6 and the M42.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday and in the earlier stages of this week, crews continued to deal with pockets of fire still burning at the Cornets End Lane site.

A West Midlands Fire and Rescue spokesman said it could be another three days before the fire was finally out.

A decision was made to let ten stacks of burning woodchip to burn out under the supervision of crews to avoid excessive smoke pollution from wetting them.

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